Monginis chocolate plum cake with creamy layer is popular among kids and adults.
However, while reviewing this product we note that it contains vegetable fat (hydrogenated vegetable fat) which is a source of harmful trans-fats which increases the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments. So definitely people should start avoiding harmful snacks containing these and replace them with fresh fruits, juices and milk.
The extremely high sugar amount of 31.21 gm per 100 gm of the product is harmful for the health of those consuming it in large amounts and since kids and adults consume this product in large quantities it can cause the onset of diabetes and lifestyle diseases at a young age.
The foodnetindia Safety rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This cake product uses hydrogenated vegetable fat instead of dairy butter. Baked goods that use vegetable fats are unsafe and must not be eaten in our opinion, by anyone.
Please always choose baked goods made with dairy butter as the safe option. In addition, this product has a high amount of sugar content of 31.21 gm per 100 gm of the product, this is a deadly duo which can pose high health risks of lifestyle diseases, diabetes and obesity.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product contains wholesome milk and chocolate but the hydrogenated fats and high sugar content makes it unhealthy and unwholesome for most people consuming it.
Ingredients of concern in Monginis Chocolate Plum Cake
- Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat: Contains Trans Fat
- Iodised Salt
- Contain Permitted Natural Colour: INS 150(d)
- Added Flavour: Chocolate & Vanilla
Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments. Transfats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments.
Hydrogenated fat is widely used. We see it listed in the ingredients of margarine, biscuits, cakes, frozen meals, fried foods, sweets, crisps, fish fingers and many dairy products. It’s popular with food manufacturers because it gives food structure and does not feel or taste oily
The product contains 33.97 gm of sugar per serving of 100 gm and does not specify which sugar has been used. This is important because different sugars have different metabolic effects, for example, Sucrose (Cane Sugar) is very different from Fructose (Fruit Sugar)
Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. The recommended daily intake of salt is between 1-3 grams.
Contain Permitted Natural Colour: INS 150(d)
These are complex brown colour mixtures, made by dry heating and burning of sugars in the presence of alkali, ammonia, sulphite or combinations thereof.
Caramel color is one of the oldest and most widely used food colorings, and is found in many commercially produced foods and beverages. Caramel color is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country.
Added Flavour: Chocolate & Vanilla
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
- Wheat Flour
- Milks Solids
- Candied Fruits (20%)
- Raisins (10%)
- Cocoa Solids (0.85%)
- Contains Permitted Class II Preservative: INS 200
- Leavening Agents: INS 500(ii)
- INS 341(i)
- Emulsifier: INS 435, INS 471
- Humectant: INS 1520
- Spices and Condiments
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